La chambre de Van Gogh a Arles (Van Gogh’s Room at Arles) (1889) by Vincent Van Gogh

La chambre de Van Gogh a Arles (Van Gogh's Room at Arles) - Vincent Van Gogh - 1889

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TitleLa chambre de Van Gogh a Arles (Van Gogh's Room at Arles)
ArtistVincent Van Gogh
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions73 x 92 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationArt Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US
Location Created Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône, France

About La chambre de Van Gogh a Arles (Van Gogh's Room at Arles)

“La chambre de Van Gogh à Arles” is a celebrated artwork by the renowned artist Vincent Van Gogh, completed in 1889. This oil on canvas embodies the essence of the Post-Impressionism movement through its vivid colors and distinctive brushwork. Measuring 73 x 92 cm, it falls within the interior genre and provides a glimpse into the private living space of the artist. Created in Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône, France, the artwork is presently housed in the Art Institute of Chicago, located in Chicago, IL, US.

The artwork illustrates Van Gogh’s bedroom in the Yellow House at Arles. The room’s walls are painted in a bold blue, contrasting with the yellow furniture and red bedspread. This dense application of complementary colors is characteristic of Van Gogh’s style, designed to enhance the emotional intensity of the scene. The composition features a simple yet profoundly visual representation of the modest quarters with essential furnishings: a bed, chairs, a table set with a pitcher and basin, and modest personal effects. The floor, depicted with skewed perspective lines, gives the painting a sense of depth and motion. On the walls, Van Gogh has painted portraits and a landscape, adding to the room’s personal touch. The rough and dynamic brushstrokes evoke the texture of the wooden furniture and floorboards, imbuing the depiction with a tactile sensibility. The overall effect of the painting is one of vibrant color, poignant simplicity, and profound intimacy, providing insight into the artist’s private sanctuary and his state of mind during his stay in Arles.

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